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Taji gas processing facility back online

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At least 14 people were killed on Sunday 15th May after the so-called Islamic State, Daesh or ISIL, (IS) attacked a gas processing plant, north of Baghdad in the town of Taji. Located about 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, the attack was followed by a string of suicide and car bombings in Sadr City and in the northeastern Shaab neighborhood of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 69 people and leaving more than 200 dead in the past week.

According to Yahoo Finance, Sunday's attack in Taji, began with a suicide car bombing at the gas processing facility's main gate, this was followed by several IS fighters breaking into the plant where they fought with security forces for several hours before the attackers were quashed. According to the Daily Mail, fire fighters arrived on the scene to extinguish a fire that had broken out at the facility.

Further to this, Sputnik News claimed an extremist wearing an explosive belt entered the plant, detonating himself in a storage facility for empty gas canisters where around 20 workers of the plant were seriously burnt and eight policemen were among the casualties.

Despite the exact details of the attack at the facility being unclear, according to Sky News Arabia and the Associated Press, the processing plant is now back online. Hamid Younis, the Deputy Minister of Iraqi oil, said that work on the three production lines at the station had returned ‘to normal levels’ on Tuesday 17th May. Younis highlighted that the facility had returned to full capacity previous to the attacks, and is producing 715 500 m3/d (30 000 cylinders) of gas. Younis added that Sunday's attack did not cause extreme damage to the facility, other than in a few depots and gas pipelines, enabling the plant to restart production so quickly.

Edited from various sources by Francesca Brindle

Sources: Yahoo Finance, Daily Mail, Sky News Arabia, Sputnik News

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